Still decide on where to Vacation? Don’t fret, you’re not alone! To help you out with your planning, we’ve put together a list of options for you, that won’t break the bank and at the same time guarantee a fun filled break! Below is a list of staycations in the UAE and affordable travel deals! Read on and get planning!
1) Crown Plaza Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
If you’ve decided to stay back in the UAE for the summer, Crown Plaza Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, has a great deal for you. As part of their Eid deal, the hotel is offering complimentary access to Ferrari World or Yas Waterworld, along with a 20% discount on selected spa services and 15% discount at all its restaurants (excluding room service of course). Guest will additionally be provided complimentary shuttle services to the Yas beach and Yas mall. Shopping, the beach, water parks and an adventure park, all in one location! This one’s clearly a great choice!
Price: Dhs 812 per night (all inclusive).
2) JA Resorts
JA Resorts is offering up to 30% off to UAE residents, provided they book over 3 nights at any of its hotels. Guests will also receive 15% discount on spa treatments and 20% on dining. Located just outside the city, the Hatta Fort Hotel offers activities such as tennis, mini-golf and archery. An activity staycation for the win! Other properties of this group include, JA Palm Tree Court, JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel, JA Ocean View Hotel and the JA Oasis Beach Tower.
Price: Rates start from around Dhs 890 per night (excluding taxes and fees).
3) Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort
The luxurious Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort in Fujairah has come up with a great deal for the holidays. The resort is offering special rates, along with a complimentary breakfast buffet and 20% off spa services. The hotel that is nestled between the Indian Ocean and the Hajjar mountains, is the perfect place to be at this Eid. For the adventure enthusiasts, they have fun activities like mini golf, diving and other water sports.
Price: Prices start from Dhs 1,099 per night (excluding taxes).
INSIDER TIP'S TO UNLOCK THE FUN
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EXPERIENCE A NEW COUNTRY
Maldives is a great place to relax and unwind during the holidays. With some amazing resorts, this Eid escape has everything required for total rejuvenation before you have to get back to work. Think water sports, amazing island cuisine and relaxing spa treatments, resorts in Maldives offer all this and a lot more. A popular one is the Sheraton Maldives, which is only 15km away from the airport by boat. Book the beach villa, which promises amazing views of the sea, a private pool, hammock and sun loungers to gaze away into nature at its best.
INFO: Direct flights to Maldives start from Dhs 1,942 with Flydubai, sheratonmaldives.com
Zanzibar is soon becoming a new go-to travel destination for nature and adventure enthusiasts. Set along the turquoise sea, Zanzibar is filled with white sandy beaches and fun water sport activities. Take a pleasure cruise into the ocean or experience reef diving or snorkelling, this destination has something for everyone! Experience history at its best at Stone Town, which Unesco Heritage Site. Stone Town is filled with beautiful boutique hotels to choose from. The best being Jafferji House which was previously the century-old ancestral home of photographer Javed Jafferji’s family, before conversion.
Price: Flights to Zanzibar start from Dhs 1,759 with Kenya Airways (via Nairobi), jafferjihouse.net
3) Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg in South Africa is a longer flight away from Dubai but a great destination to vacation at. Offering visitor a unique and diverse experience, the buzzing metropolis has rich cultural heritage and a buzzing nightlife and dining scene, making it a perfect escape. While you’re there, experience the Lion Park which is home to many African wildlife species and the world-famous Soweto Township, which Nelson Mandela once called home. Stay at the luxurious Saxon which is one of the city’s best hotels, and is conveniently located close to various malls and tourist sights.
INFO: Flights to Johannesburg start from Dhs 1,620 with Ethiopian Airlines (via Addis Ababa), saxon.co.za